Blake Snell was absolutely dealing for the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the World Series.
The Rays starter gave up merely one hit through his first five innings, holding the Los Angeles Dodgers scoreless until the sixth inning all while striking out more than half the batters he faced.
Snell held Los Angeles’ top three batters without a hit (0-6), striking out Mookie Betts, Corey Seager and Justin Turner two times each.
He was pulled after giving up his second hit of the night, which prompted quite the reaction on Twitter. Snell pitched 5 1/3 innings in the contest, allowing one earned run, two hits and zero walks with nine strikeouts.
The performance made Snell the first pitcher with nine strikeouts through four innings in a World Series game since Sandy Koufax did so in 1963, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Additionally, Snell is the only lefty with nine or more strikeouts and fewer than two hits allowing in a World Series game. He did the same thing in Game 2, according to MLB Stats.
Unfortunately, as soon as Snell was pulled, the Rays gave up their 1-0 lead, as the Dodgers pulled ahead 2-1 in the sixth.